Fabulous Guitar Festival and What’s Up Next…

What a fantastic culmination to the first half of 2018 with the 2nd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival that took place on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th at the First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis!

Festival Design by Jennifer Lommers

A wonderful rendition of the world of classical guitar music in the opening concert by maestro Cameron O’Connor including some of his compositions inspired by his arrival here in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Saturday night audience witnessed a brilliant, jaw dropping, virtuosic flamenco performance by Grisha Goryachev. “An alien with extraordinary talent” according to Paco de Lucia, something to which we all agreed!

The Saturday Master class (free and open to the public) was enjoyed by many folks witnessing four local students performing prepared pieces and receiving guidance and insight from Grisha.

The opening free workshop on Saturday featured famous guitars provided by an anonymous Oregon collector. Cameron performed pieces on all of them and Tom described their historical significance to the audience.

The remaining free workshops on Saturday gave everyone a chance to bring out their guitars, join in, and learn from some of the best guitarists/teachers in the region.

A great raffle resulted in this gentleman winning a Cordoba Classical guitar!

Much delight expressed by the people who witnessed the wonderful performances by our two fantastic concert artists, Cameron and Grisha.

Thank you to the Oregon Arts Commission for their support and to our sponsors!
Anne Loewen
Shelton Farretta Guitars
Tom Strini
Jon Sharp Guitars
MiniFlex mic
Cloud and Kelly’s

Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

Looking forward, the Guitar Society is taking a break over the summer and we will get back together again at the September Guitar Society meeting.

At that meeting we will re-start the open guitar ensemble in Sept where EVERYONE is welcome to bring their guitar and join in. The ensemble music will be posted to the website one week ahead of the meeting – download the scores and decide which parts you might like to play, print them out and bring to the meeting. We will be working towards a winter guitar concert that will feature the ensemble and we will practice the pieces at each subsequent meeting. It’s okay if you chose not to be in the concert – still bring your guitar and join in!

We are still closing on the featured artists who will perform at the upcoming meetings, so watch this space…

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Open Guitar Ensemble: check out the music and download from the website one week before the meeting.
7:40 – 8:10pm Open Stage: share your music with us – all solo guitar styles (or ensembles) and all abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artist: To be confirmed

Entrance is FREE and open to the public (donations gratefully received).

Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333. The entrance is between New Morning Bakery and Sedlaks Boots and Shoes.

I look forward to seeing you on September 10th at our next monthly meeting,

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society

2nd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival


Weekend of June 8th and 9th
Venue: 1st Presbyterian Church 8th St Downtown Corvallis


Many of you know Cameron O’Connor who will be opening the festival for us on Friday June 8th and we are all excited to hear his exceptional talent in the world of classical guitar. But should you want to know more about Grisha Goryachev who is the Saturday night concert maestro, I recommend you read Tom Strini’s post on the Corvallis Review which he published after interviewing Grisha. Tom is a great writer and Grisha an extraordinary guitarist with a fascinating history so I highly recommend you check out the collision of these two talents here:

Also check out the following video which summarizes the Festival:

Tickets available downtown Corvallis at Grassroots Books and Music on 2nd St. and tickets are also available online at Brown Paper Tickets:

Fri. June 8th Cameron O’Connor $15 advanced $20 at the door
Sat. Jun 9th Grisha Goryachev $20 advanced $25 at the door
A festival package including tickets for both concerts and a Festival T Shirt featuring this beautiful design by local artist Jennifer Lommers is available for $52

Design by Jennifer Lommers

All festival events will take place at the 1st Presbyterian Church downtown Corvallis: 114 SW 8th St.

Friday  June 8th
7:30pm                         Opening Concert: Classical Maestro Cameron O’Connor

Saturday June 9th
10:00am – 12:00pm Masterclass with Grisha Goryachev: 4 students, 30 mins each
                Free and open to the public: In the Sanctuary

12:00 – 1:00pm                 LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00pm            Workshop with Cameron O’Connor & Tom Strini: Exhibition and demonstration of historically significant and famous guitars from an anonymous private collection. Join moderator Tom Strini and performer Cameron O’Connor for a discussion on the development of the guitar through showcasing a 100-year span of instruments from builders Ramirez, Hauser II, Romanillos, and Elliot.
Location:  Free and open to the public: In the Sanctuary

2:00 – 3:00pm            Workshop with Berto Boyd & Grant Ruiz: How to play Flamenco Rumba: Learn to play the popular 4/4 rhythm from Spain. Students will learn basic strumming patterns & techniques with an introduction of how to improvise over the chord changes. Bring your guitar!
Location: Free and Open to the Public in the Allison Room

3:00 – 3:15pm                    BREAK

3:15 – 4:15pm             Workshop with Mickey Jones:  Practice Techniques for the Hands and the Mind: An introduction to practice approaches that will help the guitarist get the most out of their practices by addressing focus, concentration, problem solving, and musical imagination. Appropriate for all levels, bring your guitar!
Location: Free and Open to the Public in the Allison Room

4:15 – 5:15pm              Workshop with Mario Diaz (of the Oregon Guitar Quartet) : Musica Costeña: An introduction to the instruments and different musical forms from the coast of Peru. We will break down the respective rhythms and accompaniment techniques in Landó, Festejo, Marinera and more. Bring your guitar!
Location: Free and Open to the Public in the Allison Room

5:15 – 7pm                       DINNER

7:30pm- —                 Closing Concert: Flamenco/Classical Maestro Grisha Goryachev

I look forward to seeing you at the Guitar Festival!

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society